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Pivoting, Tapping Out or Trading Up: Physicians Transitioning to Nonclinical Careers

We have all seen the statistics on physician burnout. We all know of physicians that have changed course mid-career. Moving away from a clinical practice is not something to be done without planning. Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH has written, “50 Nonclinical Careers for Physicians: Fulfilling, Meaningful, and Lucrative Alternatives to Direct Patient Care." This episode of SoundPractice examines career options and motivations for change with Dr. Stacy. If you are planning a career change or know someone who is, join us for some long term strategic planning!

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH 



The Price Is Right: Healthcare Costs

In this episode we speak with Jeanne Pinder, Founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. Ms. Pinder brings her background as a New York Times journalist to bear on the murky world of healthcare costs.  ClearHealthCosts has partnered with news organizations around the Country in an effort to bring transparency to healthcare costs. We will see healthcare pricing from a consumer’s point of view and discuss the related public health implications. 

Jeanne Pinder


Emotional Intelligence, Patient Experience, and Things That Make Our Days Better

Do you understand your EQ?  Emotional Quotient? Are you aware of your personal competencies and social competencies? 

Susan Childs of Evolution Healthcare Consulting has spent years advising healthcare organizations on how to make life better for staff and patients.  Her real-world experience reveals itself in the specific, quality advice offered, including how to build emotional intelligence into your policies and procedures.

This episode of SoundPractice offers Susan Childs’ take on strategies and approaches to fully support your communication efforts and will result in increased staff member engagement and communication, and better patient care.

Susan Fink Childs, FACMPE

Evolution Healthcare Consulting


Unstoppable Love: Dan Diamond Talks About Leading Under Crisis Conditions

As COVID-19 continues to impact us on a global scale, maintaining the health and well-being of providers and clinical teams is critical. But how can we do this when the demands on healthcare workers are so high?

In this special episode, we talk with speaker, author, coach, international disaster physician, and retired street mime Dan Diamond, MD. Dr. Diamond was the Medical Director for Medical Teams International’s First Response Team to Haiti and played a strategic role as Director of the Mass Casualty Triage Unit at the New Orleans Convention Center after Hurricane Katrina. His passion is equipping people to perform under pressure, and his stories and lessons from being in the heart of a disaster zone are highly relevant to the crisis our healthcare system faces today.

Leadership in the Midst of Crisis - here you will find helpful information, resources and guidance specific to this evolving situation. 

Leadership in Time of Crisis - community for physician leaders to ask questions, share expertise, and network with peers in real-time discussion groups. (Free account required.)

Dan Diamond, MD


It’s Not About You: The Value of Mentoring

Mentorship is built into a physician's clinical training, but what happens after medical school and fellowship ends? Finding a mentor to help guide your career and provide insight from their own experience is an important part of leadership development.

In this SoundPractice episode, Cheryl Toth and Mike Sacopolus talk with Michael Lalor, MD, MBA about the value of mentoring based on his years of experience as both a mentor and a mentee. Also joining the conversation is Jill Kopin, Career Services and Mentorship Program Coordinator at the American Association for Physician Leadership. Jill adds insights about the AAPL's mentoring program, and how members can access and benefit from this offering.


Jill Kopin, Career Services and Mentorship Program Coordinator


The Use of Technology and Telemedicine in the Battle Against COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Today we join the conversation around COVID-19 and the use of technology and telemedicine to enable efficient communication among physicians, healthcare professionals, and patients.

In this Bonus SoundPractice episode, Mike Sacopolus speaks with Dr. Peter Alperin. Peter Alperin, MD trained as an internal medicine physician at UCSF and is currently Vice President at Doximity where he leads the development of products geared towards clinicians.  

Communication is the centerpiece of good healthcare and the use of technology (remote evaluation and monitoring, basic video conferencing, telemedicine) is being used to triage patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Alperin discusses how physicians and payers are embracing telehealth, using technology for clinical care, and the emerging models for reimbursement for these services.  Physicians are also honing their clinical skills, working remotely in a safe manner, and looking for jobs and opportunities that leverage telemedicine and other technologies.

Join us as Dr. Alperin shares his thoughts on technology and telemedicine benefits for patients and physicians, particularly when practicing amid an infectious disease pandemic like COVID-19.

Contact Peter Alperin, MD, at


Telemedicine and COVID-19 Billing and Coding Frequently Asked Questions

TIME -The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Finally Make Telemedicine Mainstream in the U.S.


Building a Culture of Trust

When a lack of effective leadership eroded trust in a 100+ year old health system, the organization needed a respected leader who could restore faith and employee engagement. In this SoundPractice episode, Cheryl Toth and Mike Sacopolus talk with general surgeon Michael Canady, MD, MBA, CPE, who stepped into the role of CEO of Holzer Health System during a critical time. Dr. Canady describes the path he paved to move the organization from a culture of fear to a culture of trust, and how the simple change of allowing employees to step up and do the right thing for patients has reduced fear and rebuilt organizational culture. 


Our Best Hope: Value-Based Healthcare

It’s a strong argument. We pay more per person for healthcare than any other country in the world. That high price tag does not translate into the best outcomes. Several dozen countries obtain better results for less money. Dr. Grace Terrell, Chief Executive Officer at Eventus Wholehealth, and healthcare attorney Julian (Bo) D. Bobbitt, Jr., attorney at Smith Anderson and President of Value Health Partners, LLC have authored a new book, Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models: Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Subspecialties, which points to value-based healthcare as a model to replace the prevalent fee-for-service model. Mike Sacopolus and Cheryl Toth, in this episode, looks at the requirements and benefits associated with value-based healthcare.

Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models: Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Subspecialties

Grace E. Terrell, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP, FACPE

Julian (Bo) D. Bobbitt, Jr.


Make Magic Happen: CMO Ash Gokli Shares His Thoughts About the Physician Leader’s Role

Healthcare costs keep climbing, quality needs improvement, and physicians are burning out. These are a few of the reasons Ash Gokli, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Sutter Health Valley Area believes physicians must step into leadership roles and create the future of healthcare. 

An American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) board member and self-described student of leadership, Dr. Gokli describes his path to leadership and his strategies for leading effectively despite a constant onslaught of meetings and time-consuming commitments. In our focused conversation, Dr. Gokli discusses how physicians can create their own path to the C-suite by garnering non-clinical knowledge, volunteering for new projects, and leveraging their passion for patient care.


Can’t Make It Here Anymore: The Outsourcing of Pharma Production

When it comes to pharmaceuticals, you have heard the list of complaints. Drug prices are too high. Drug prices are not transparent. My insurance plan won’t cover X medication.

Perhaps the complaint which should be raised but isn’t relates to China. Author Rosemary Gibson has rung a fire bell in the night with her book, China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.

Well over 90% of the active ingredients of antibiotics in the U.S. are manufactured abroad. The vast majority of them are produced in China. Learn about the national security threats and quality oversight issues involved with the outsourcing of pharma manufacturing. This important episode will shock you.

Rosemary Gibson serves as Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center and a Section Editor for “Less is More,” in JAMA Internal Medicine. Ms. Gibson is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and advisor to organizations that advance the public’s interest in health care.

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine